Today, Disney Cruise Line reached a significant construction milestone. Over in Papenburg Germany, where the ship is being built, the traditional keel laying ceremony of the Disney Wish took place.
Keel laying is one of the four specially celebrated events in the life of a ship; the others are launching, commissioning, and decommissioning. The event is the first joining of modular components, or the lowering of the first module into place in the building dock. It is the ceremonial beginning of the ship’s life, although some modules may have been started months before that stage of construction.
As part of the ceremony, a newly minted coin is placed under the keel for good fortune. The coin created for the Disney Wish features Captain Minnie, who made her debut aboard Disney Cruise Line ships in 2019 as part of a collection of initiatives aiming to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the cruise industry.
“In maritime tradition, keel laying is the ceremonial beginning of the ship’s life,” said Philip Gennotte, portfolio project management executive, Walt Disney Imagineering Germany, who placed the coin at the ceremony. “Today marked a momentous occasion for the Disney Wish, and I could not be more proud of our Imagineers, the cast and crew at Disney Cruise Line and the team at Meyer Werft, the shipyard in Germany, who are bringing this enchanting ship to life.”
The Wish is the first of three new ships in the line’s fleet expansion.
“As we look to the future with anticipation and excitement for continuing our legacy of creating magical vacations for families across the globe, we are thrilled to reach this significant milestone in the ship building process and to unveil Captain Minnie as the beloved character on the bow of the Disney Wish,” said Thomas Mazloum, president of Disney Cruise Line.
In addition, Captain Minnie Mouse was announced as a very special part of this ship. She will come to life for the first time through whimsical artwork on the bow of the Disney Wish. A monumental occassion.
The Disney Wish is scheduled to sail its maiden voyage in summer 2022. Information on itineraries and bookings for the ship will be released at a later date.
The Disney Wish will showcase the immersive family entertainment, enchanting storytelling and unparalleled service that only Disney can deliver. The ship will be powered by liquified natural gas, or LNG, one of the cleanest-burning fuels available. At approximately 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms, the ship will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.